The Law Professor Who’s Been Battling the Trump Administration on Immigration
Holly Cooper, co-director of the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, has fought for the rights of immigrants and refugees for more than 20 years, and she has never been busier than these past couple of months. The Immigration Law Clinic has two lawyers and 20 students who have worked during the school year to be on the frontlines defending the country’s newcomers in the face of tougher immigration policies established by President Donald Trump’s administration. Since Trump took office in January, federal authorities have dramatically widened the pool of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation while trying to block the entry of all refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Cooper stated,
The most striking thing I’ve seen is the level of fear, more than I’ve seen in 20 years. The number of requests we’re getting for help is at an all-time high. Trump has clearly articulated he’s targeting basically the entire undocumented community.
Cooper’s lawyers have fought the administration every step of the way. For example, they rushed to San Francisco International Airport on the night of Jan. 21st as soon as the travel ban was implemented by President Trump, aiding arriving travelers who had been detained by immigration authorities. But for all the legal tools at the clinic’s disposal, there’s only so much Cooper and her team can do. President Trump’s Jan. 25th executive order pushed for the hiring of an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. In the following three months, immigration arrests across the country grew by more than a third compared to the same period last year. We will see if more people or organizations will join in on helping out people facing deportation.